Special Collections and Archives

Murray I. Fishel, Papers, 1970

Murray I. Fishel, Papers, 1970

MAY 4 COLLECTION -- Box 57


INVENTORY

Prepared by
Scott L. Bills
4 December 1980
1 document case, 1/5 cubic ft.
11th floor

Professor Murray I. Fishel donated his materials to the Kent State University Archives on May 5, 1980.

Professor Fishel was an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science in May 1970. after the University was closed on May 4, Dr. Fishel, as did all Kent State faculty, sent out a mimeographed note to his students explaining how they might complete their course requirements. In addition, he asked his students for their thoughts on the recent events at the University. The responses which he received during May and June, 1970, comprise this collection.

Similarly to other collections of faculty correspondence relating to May 4, the Fishel papers will prove very useful in examining student attitudes following the shootings of May 4, 1970. Many of Fishel's students wrote long and thoughtful letters, including commentary on foreign policy, the role of the university in the political system, and the generational polarization of the era. Many students mentioned the problems they faced at home from hostile attitudes toward young people, even from their parents. One frustrated coed wrote: "From the news reports that most of the people in my area had received, you would think that rioters ... had burned and looted the campus and town area and all that was left was a pile of smoldering ruins." A number of letters from students were critical of "radical" viewpoints and tactics but no less unfavorable toward the actions of the National Guard.

Professor Fishel has kindly donated to the Kent State University Archives whatever property and literary rights he possesses in this collection.

Folder -- Contents

1 -- Correspondence, Fishel to students: May 11, 1970

2 -- Correspondence, students: B-D

3 -- Correspondence, students: E-G

4 -- Correspondence, students: H-L

5 -- Correspondence, students: M-O

6 -- Correspondence, students: P-S

7 -- Correspondence, students: T-Z

8 -- Correspondence, students: unidentified